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Lightly, tightly effervescent, it comes on like a classier, cleaner farmhouse cider, but quickly gives up a multitude of tropical flavours white peach, overripe melon, limes with a nice stony, mineral finish. It is engaging down to the last drop. Flavours of gooseberry, quince, peach, sun-drenched lemons and, of course, green apples waft past as you chug it down.
A certain creaminess and something savoury going on beneath that fruit puts this at the aspiring-to-be-champagne end of the cava spectrum. This literally explodes out of the bottle and, for the first few frothy gulps, effervesces away to nothing. As it settles, like bad champagne it tastes very dry, acidic and narrow in its flavours of lime cordial, sharp, underripe lemons and shrivelled grapes.
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Later, you get brief flashes of peach, sticky strawberries and even bready champagne-like notes, but you have to concentrate hard to detect such nuances. Far more so than you will want to at a Christmas party.
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It is softly bubbly and initially bright with apple, honeydew melon and lemon flavours that, unfortunately, fail to evolve interestingly. It falls into a rather monotonous apple-lemon groove which, if perfectly drinkable, lacks the complexity and verve that might get you going back for a second or third glass.
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This smells limply unexciting of hay and limes but also rotting gooseberries and wet cardboard , and tastes overwhelmingly dry and tart in that shrill way of cheap, overly fizzy champagnes. Its green apple and lemon flavours are stunted and unconvincing; wizened and harsh where you crave sunshine and gracefulness. This article contains affiliate links to products. Our journalism is independent and is never written to promote these products although we may earn a small commission if a reader makes a purchase.
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